Places of Interest

MONTEVERDE TROPICAL CLOUDFOREST RESERVE
Approximately 3.5 km (2 miles) from the Institute. The most popular tourist attraction in Monteverde, the Reserve is an excellent place to view the biodiversity that the rainforest has to offer. The forests and its regrowth harbor a variety of plant, animal, and insect species.

LA LECHERIA (Dairy and Cheese Plant)
Sells dairy supplies (cheese, ice cream, milkshakes, yogurt, etc.)
Located next to the Monteverde Institute. Very popular with students.

VOLCANO ARENAL
The volcano Arenal is located in the town of Arenal, which is approximately 4 hours from the Institute. Students can arrange accomodations that can range from inexpensive to very expensive. You can buy a pass for the day which allows you to use the resort facilities. The resort overlooks the volcanoes and has many hotsprings to swim in.

SKY TREK
Approximately an hour from the Institue. Best to go in a group. Can be arranged in Santa Elena.
An alternative to the sky trek is the sky walk–a catwalk in the canopy for viewing. This costs less than the sky trek.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN
Approximately 1 hour walk from the Institute. Is near Cerro Plano. The blue morphos butterfly is very well-known in Costa Rica.

ECOLOGICAL FARM
Approximately 1 hour walk from the Institute. Entrance is near Cerro Plano. Depending on the time and season, the park is free. Can arrange for guided tours which cost more.

HORSEBACK RIDING
Can be arranged in Santa Elena, next to Morphos Restaurant.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Bajo del Tigre Trail – hiking
Orchid Garden
Tamarindo Beach
Coop Monteverde
CASEM (artesania-craft store)
Coop Santa Elena (grocery and general store)
Esperanza Los Hermanos Cruz (Grocery)
Almacen Vitosi (general store)
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica-Santa Elena
Carniceria Vargas Santa Elena (butcher and vegetable shop)
Panaderia Jimenez Santa Elena (bakery)
Morphos Cafe
Pulperia Cerro Plano (corner store)
Restaurante El Bosque
La Cascada
Galeria Ecstasy
Johnny’s Pizzeria
Stella’s Bakery and Cafe
Meg’s Stables
Friends Meetings
Adventist Church
Catholic Mass
Square/Folk Dancing
Open Soccer and Volleyball
Reserva Santa Elena

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